Theatre Course Descriptions
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THR 114 Theatre Workshop. One semester hour of credit may be received per semester for work done in this
practical workshop consisting of actual work on productions. Required of theatre and
musical theatre majors. May be repeated for credit. Credit 1.
THR 160 Introduction to Production. Introduction to theatrical production. An overview of the elements of production to
include an introduction to the basic components of theatre technology, stage scenery,
stage lighting, theatrical costuming, stage management, theatre management, and
script analysis. This course is designed to introduce the student to all areas of theatrical
production. Credit 3.
THR 161 Scenography I. Technical Production.
Introduction to theatre technology. A focus on the techniques and methods in set
construction, lighting and sound technology, property construction, and theatrical
production techniques. Credit 3.
THR 162 Technical Theatre: Stage Costuming. [DRAM 1342]
A study of the basic techniques of costuming, sewing, dyeing, and distressing fabrics.
THR 164 Acting I. [DRAM 1351]
A study of basic techniques in body, voice, characterization, and play analysis as they
are applied to the performance of stage tasks by the actor. Credit 3.
THR 166 Theatre Appreciation. [DRAM 1310] An analysis of the theatrical experience for the audience. Examination of theatre’s
relation to the broad contemporary scene and its relation to past eras. Examination
of the production elements necessary to provide the theatrical experience. Credit 3.
THR 230 Stage Make-Up. [DRAM 1341] A survey of the reasons for stage make-up and the types of make-up available.
Principles of designing make-up for characters in a play. Intensive practical application.
THR 231 Theatre Speech I. [DRAM 2336]
Beginning training in the release of the voice for effective communication. Work on
breathing, projection, placement, articulation, resonance, and quality. Credit 3.
THR 232 Theatre Speech II. Advanced training in application of appropriate vocal techniques to produce optimum
control of quality, projection, and precision in diction. Ultimately the application is in
fusing technique with the actor’s interpretation of roles. Prerequisites: SCM 162 or
THR 231, 164, or consent of the instructor. Credit 3.
Scenography II: Beginning Design. Introduction to the
methods, concepts and materials of designing for theatre, including
the basic element s of set design, properties design, lighting
design, and sound design for the stage. Students will be introduced
to the methods of developing a design from script analysis to
presentation of the completed design. Prerequisites: THR 160 &
161 or permission of instructor. Credit 3.
Scenography III: Computer Drafting for Theatre. Introduction
to computer aided drafting and design for theatrical applications.
Practical approach to computer drafting of floor plans, elevations,
sections, light plots, and organizational diagrams using popular
CAD software developed specifically for theatrical applications
as well as programs like AutoCAD and Project Manager. Prerequisites:
THR 160 or permission of instructor. Credit 3.
THR 268 Acting II. A concentration on the techniques of freeing the body, body language, and movement
in the development of characterization and actor technique. Prerequisite: THR
164 or consent of instructor. Credit 3.
THR 314.A Theatre Workshop. One semester hour of credit may be received per semester for work done in this practical
workshop consisting of actual work on productions. Prerequisite: Sophomore
standing. May be repeated for credit. Credit 1.
THR 314.B Theatre Workshop. Rehearsal and performance in minor roles. May be repeated for credit. Credit 1.
THR 314.C Theatre Workshop. Scene work in directing class. May be repeated for credit. Credit 1.
THR 317A Musical Theatre Workshop. Junior and Senior levels to synthesize musical theatre majors’ work in music, theatre
and dance. May be repeated for credit. Credit 1.
THR 317B Musical Theatre Workshop. Freshmen and sophomore levels, to synthesize musical theatre majors’ work in music,
theatre, and dance. May be repeated for credit. Credit 1.
THR 330 Advanced Stage Makeup. Investigation of and experimentation with three-dimensional makeup constructions
to provide drastic alteration of the actor’s face for stage, film, and television.
Prerequisite: THR 230 or consent of the instructor. Credit 3.
THR 331 Scenography IV: Intermediate Scenery and Property Design. Investigation and experimentation with three dimensional spatial concepts and the
interaction of the performer with the performance space. Designing for the performer
and the action of the play with the practical development of spaces, furniture, and
props for the stage. Prerequisites: THR 260 and 261. Credit 3.
THR 334 Stage Costume Design. A survey of historical costume; contrast of general clothing with stage costume; and
consideration of all elements involved in designing costumes for an entire production.
Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Credit 3.
THR 335 Costume Construction. Pattern drafting and construction techniques for period costumes. Projects may include
bodices, skirts, corsets, panniers, bustles, crinolines, and 18th and 19th century
men’s coats. Prerequisites: THR 334 or 337 or consent of the instructor. Credit 3.
THR 337 History of Costume. A survey of historical costumes and accessories by periods from ancient Egypt to
the present day; contrast of general clothing with stage costumes. Writing Enhanced.
Prerequisite: sophomore standing or consent of instructor. Credit 3.
THR 360 History of the Theatre I. A survey of the origins of the theatre, with major concentration centered upon the
development of the western theatre from the Greeks to the Neoclassic. Writing
Enhanced. Credit 3.
THR 362 Scenography V: Intermediate Lighting, Sound, and Effects Design. Investigation and experimentation with lighting the performer in space. Designing for
the performer and the action of the play, with the practical development of lighting effects,
sound effects and special effects. Prerequisites: THR 260 and 261. Credit 3.
THR 365 Stage and Theatre Management. Advanced study of theatre management with an emphasis on the organizational,
technical and management responsibilities of a stage manager as well as the public
relations and marketing skills needed to run a house and box office. Included will be
a focus on the establishment of a collaborative atmosphere within a production team
or within a theatre company.
THR 369 Acting III. Detailed study of action and characterization through scene study, research, and
self-use, utilizing interior and exterior methods to develop a working method for each
actor. Prerequisite: THR 164, 268 or consent of instructor. Credit 3.
THR 370 Acting IV. Advanced scene study with concentration on textual analysis, structure, diction, and
rhythm of the script. Prerequisite: 9 hours of acting courses or consent of instructor.
Improvisational Techniques. This course is designed to
develop students’ use of improvisations, games, and ritual
to enhance creative thinking, problem solving skills, characterization,
and trust within the rehearsal process. Prerequisite: THR 164
or consent of instructor. Credit 3.
THR 395 Acting in Major Roles. This course allows credit for performing a major role in Theatre Program productions,
involving research, rehearsal and performance during the nine-month academic year.
May be repeated for credit. Credit 3.
Sceneography VI: Advanced Scenery, Lighting and Sound Design.
Advanced design. Students will be involved in creating scenic,
lighting, and sound design projects. The course will include extensive
sketching, rendering, computer drafting, and model building. Prerequisites:
THR 160 & 260 or consent of the instructor. Credit 3.
THR 431 Acting for the Camera. An intensive and practical study of the special techniques of acting for film and television
with the goal of work in those industries; extensive scene work in front of the
camera. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Credit 3.
THR 432 Auditioning for the Commercial Theatre. The preparation of audition materials which suit the variety of demands in the commercial
world of theatre, musical theatre, cinema, and television. Prerequisite: consent
of the instructor. Writing Enhanced. Credit 3.
THR 433 Period Acting Styles. Acting styles, manners, customs, and movement characteristics of Greek,
Elizabethan, Jacobean and Restoration periods as well as twentieth century nonrealistic
play styles will be studied through acting scenes from plays of those times.
Prerequisite: THR 164. Credit 3.
THR 460 History of the Theatre II. A Survey of changing styles in theatre, from the Romantic revolution through the
Realistic movement to the innovations of the twentieth century theatre. Writing
Enhanced. Credit 3.
Stage Lighting. The study of lighting design as an art;
the history of stage lighting and a study of contemporary stage
lighting techniques, practices, and equipment. Students will design
lighting for a show of their own choosing. Prerequisite: THR 161&
260 and basic computer literacy or consent of instructor. Credit
THR 462 Playwriting. A study of the elements of playwriting through writing exercises designed to enhance
the understanding of structure, style, character and dialogue. Writing Enhanced.
Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor. Credit 3.
THR 463 Dramatic Theory and Criticism. A study of the principles of various styles and periods of dramaturgy, involving a history
of criticism from Aristotle to the present. Representative plays will be analyzed
for theme, structure, characterization and dialogue with a view to their influences on
contemporary theatre. Emphasis is placed on written student criticism and evaluation
of plays. Writing Enhanced. Credit 3.
THR 465 Scenography VII: Portfolio Development. Students will develop individualized projects in scenery, costume, lighting, sound,
or technical production. Prerequisite: two of the following design courses: THR 334,
430, or 461; consent of instructor. Credit 3.
THR 466, 467 Play Directing. Basic director preparation in script analysis, communication skills, creating ground
plans and scene study through a wide variety of theatrical styles and direction of
scenes. Writing Enhanced. Prerequisite: junior standing. Credit 3 each.
THR 468 Experimental Theatre Production. Analysis of plays that depart from the realistic genre and examination of new production
possibilities arising out of developments in theatre technology that will complement
the experiments of the playwrights. Application of theory in laboratory productions.
Writing Enhanced. Credit 3.
THR 469 Dialects and Accents for the Theatre. Emphasis is placed upon the regional dialects of Great Britain and upon the accents
which characterize English as spoken by the natives of the various European countries.
Intensive practical application in rehearsing appropriate scenes from plays.
Prerequisite: THR 164 or consent of the instructor. Credit 3.
THR 471 The American Musical Theatre. The history of the development of musical theatre (excluding opera) in America.
Emphasis is placed on written student criticism and evaluation of musical theatre.
Writing Enhanced. Credit 3.
THR 475 Scenography VIII: Scene Painting. Hands-on projects develop technical information in creating illusionistic environments
for theatrical productions. Credit 3.
THR 487 Workshop in Creative Dramatics. Fundamental theories and elements of creative drama, with emphasis in developing
and guiding creative drama activities such as storytelling, improvisation, rhythmic and
interpretative movement, puppetry, theatre in education techniques and pantomime.
The course is designed for prospective teachers grades K-12. Writing Enhanced.
THR 489 Repertory Theatre. A unified approach to theatre, contrasted with the compartmentalized division of labor
used more frequently, allowing the self-contained group to do all of the production
work as well as the acting. May be repeated for credit. Offered in summer terms.
THR 492 Undergraduate Seminar in Drama. A course for the undergraduate student which will allow a student to pursue particular
areas beyond the limits of current course offerings. The particular study, however,
will be within the student’s areas of specialization. Prerequisite: permission of the
Program Coordinator. May be repeated for credit. Credit 3.
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